1 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1. Wash and pit cherries. If you don’t have a cherry pitter, use a bottle and a chopstick. Place the cherry on the mouth of the bottle and push the chopstick straight down through it, pushing the pit into the bottle. Neat trick. Place pitted cherries in a jar and cover with bourbon.
2. In a small, non-stick skillet melt sugar. Watch it carefully because it will burn quickly. As soon as sugar is melted, remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Pour syrup into prepared jar. Don’t worry if it hardens. It will dissolve again eventually.
3. Screw the lid on tightly and give the jar a shake. Store in the fridge for about 4 weeks, shaking whenever you remember they are there.
4. After 4 weeks, pop the lid open and enjoy your gourmet cherries in cocktails, on ice cream, or wherever you can think of.
Recipe & photo courtesy of Smart Cookie